Career Development Resources

Career resources from Harvard 

  • CareerConnect is a portal set up by Harvard for job, fellowship and internship search. Feel free to create a profile on this portal and don’t forget to check out e-mails from the Office for Career Advancement. 
    • Postdocs do not have access (yet) to the Career Coaching services from CareerConnect. If you think/feel like it would be a great opportunity for you to have a coach, you can have a look at ICF Find a Coach, a database of professional career/leaderships coaches that can be searched by geographic region or expertise in certain industries
  • Free career events for postdocs and research associates on 
  • Check out resources and trainings through Harvard Catalyst (career mentoring program for postdocspanels on career pathways in clinical and translational research, in industry, etc.) 
  • Lots of training opportunities on the Harvard Training Portal (trainings from the Center for Workplace Development, Professional Development, Research Administration, LinkedIn learning and a lot more!) 
  • To stay up to date with all the events happening at the Harvard Chan School, you can explore the ENGAGE platform.
  • Resources to make the most of your postdoc on HSPH Career Office website
  • Career resources for postdocs from the Office of Postdoctoral fellows (Harvard Medical School) 

Miscellaneous career resources 

Set up an Individual Career Plan 

  • Make sure that you set up your Career Development Plan & Annual Review Process with your advisor as required by the Office of Faculty Affairs of the Harvard Chan School
  • The Intelligent Career (know why, how and with whom you want to work), by Sarah Blackford 
  • Strengths finder, a tool that can help to clarify and label your strengths which is very helpful in communicating your headline on LinkedIn and in your resume
  • The VIA Institute Character also offers a free survey and various resources for you to get to know/anchor in your own strengths
  • 16 Personalities offers a free survey to have an overview of your personality (offers more personality types than the MBTI as well as loads of articles to help you reach your personal goals)
  • Dare to Lead book: excellent for identifying your values, communicating them, and finding the behaviors that support or undermine them
  • Science Careers set up a tool to set up an Individual Development Plan (skill, interest and value examination, determine and explore potentially suitable career paths) for academia and industry:  

Applying for jobs in Academia 

Transitioning to the industry 

  • Your PhD has a lot of value outside of academia too! Harvard partnered with VersatilePhD to help you get prepared for a career outside of academia. Login here!
  • YouTube channel from NIH – OITE – Career Development, Transitioning to industry, etc. 
  • YouTube channel from CheekyScientist –  Advice about careers outside of academia  
  • PhD Career Networking Group on LinkedIn – this LinkedIn group shares a lot of job postings/good information – all scientific backgrounds are welcome!
  • A profile/job-matching platform created by scientists to enable other scientists to create a profile which will be matched to job offers from industry in the US: 
  • to compare your resume and cover letter to the posted job description (it is important to know that first round application screening is usually done by a robot army now)
  • Sweaty Palms book: has a great compilation of interview questions you might get during your job application process
  • Black hole focus book: essential text for PhDs outside of academia

Writing Articles & Grants and Funding Opportunities 

Online presence  

Management & Leadership